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Contested ECI turns five years on Saturday
On 1 April 2017, the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) celebrated its fifth anniversary. The historically first tool of participatory and direct democracy at transnational level provides EU citizens with the constitutional right to address the decision-making process of the EU...
Barroso, Merkel and Pöttering signing the Berlin Declaration. Source: EC Audiovisual Service
Please, not another EU Declaration!
On 25 March 2017, yet another EU Declaration will be adopted as EU leaders gather in Rome to “celebrate” the 60th Anniversary of the Rome Treaty. But as the European integration process is experiencing its deepest crisis, yet we should invest into more democracy at the...
Media 'crucial' in creating transparency
Can the traditional media still fulfill their role as watchdog in a direct democracy when social media increasingly set the pace? A panel with four prominent speakers at this year’s Aarau Democracy Days in Switzerland came up with some interesting insights, highlighting the fact...
Alberto Acosta (Photo: Bruno Kaufmann)
“The Government of Ecuador is quite anxious“
On Sunday 19 February 2017, Ecuador’s 12 million eligible people faced a super election day: Beyond electing a new parliament and a new President, they could also decide on a plebiscite that President Rafael Correa had triggered. Up for vote was the question whether elected...
Alberto Acosta (Photo: Bruno Kaufmann)
“Der ecuadorianischen Regierung ist bange“
Das südamerikanische Land Ecuador erlebte am Sonntag, den 19.02.2017, einen Superwahltag. Dabei kam es neben der Neuwahl des Präsidenten und des Parlamentes auch zu einem vom bisherigen Staatschef Rafael Correa ausgelösten Plebiszit. Dabei konnten die gut 16 Millionen...
Anti-corruption protests in Romania (image: swissinfo.ch)
Romania's Struggle for Democracy
Millions of Romanians have taken to the streets to protest against their government and in favour of strong anti-corruption laws. The demonstrations give insights into the complex democratic challenges, which reach far beyond the southeastern European country, writes Bruno...
Katharina Prelicz-Huber
“Money Plays a Growing Role in Swiss Democracy”
In a conversational democracy like the Swiss one citizens’ association must work very hard to have the opportunity to make voices heard. A new challenge is the lack of public-financed participatory infrastructure, says Katharina Prelicz-Huber in an interview with Cora Pfafferott...
Katharina Prelicz-Huber
"Immer mehr geht's ums Geld"
Damit die Schweizer Demokratie funktioniert, braucht's Räume für Diskussion und eine lebendige Zivilgesellschaft. Doch in der Schweiz wird immer mehr an der öffentlichen Infrastruktur für direkte Demokratie gespart, moniert Katharina Prelicz-Huber, Präsidentin der Gewerkschaft...
"Reclaim Democracy" in Basel
Why populists should avoid direct democracy
Direct democracy is becoming increasingly popular in the form of peoples’ initiatives and referendums. It’s also being preached by populists both on the left and right of the political spectrum, but they generally have no idea what it really means, writes Bruno Kaufmann...
Beat Ringger, Co-ordinator of Denknetz
Think Democratic! The Swiss "Denknetz"
"We must think together to develop political expertise!” This is the core commitment of the Swiss think tank Denknetz, which organised the Reclaim Democracy conference from February 2-4, 2017 in Basel.



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